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Friday, March 8, 2019

Sideways Weekend at Deb's...

 I crafted at Deb's from Sunday afternoon, March 3rd to Tuesday afternoon, March 5th and thus, called it a sideways weekend. We worked with alcohol inks and foil, Distress Oxides and baby wipes and embossed backgrounds with Zigs. The first night, we colored with Copics (Newton's Nook and Unity images) shown in the bottom and right corner. They may take awhile to become cards... but they're colored!!!
 
 It was fun working with the alcohol inks and foil. The shine doesn't photo well but trust me, it's delightful! I made two panels but only this one became a card...
 
 This was Distress Oxides with baby wipes... this one, no sentiment needed. The stamp was Deb's and I forgot to write down who made it. I can't even remember if it was an unmounted wood or something else. How bad is that?
 
These two, I added Simon Says Stamp "you" die (stacked five times for dimension) and sentiment from Gina K Boho Flowers set...
 
 My FAVORITE of the embossed background with Zigs. This background stamp is Impression Obsession cover-a-card Layered Pansies. All white spaces left over, I used a gray Copic to fill in. Again, Deb's sentiment, not sure from where and the die-cut is from a set by Simon Says Stamp (stacked three times)...

This background, I used Copics instead of Zigs. The background stamp is by My Favorite Things called Roses All Over.
 
Another productive crafty time with Deb. Next craft time together won't be until Cozy Crop, which isn't that far off. Just watch this month FLY...
 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Birthday Candle Card...

 I was working on these cards back on February 21st... wait, what?!! WHAT DO YOU MEAN that was two weeks ago?!! Good grief Charlie Brown! Anyway, I found a card on Pinterest that intrigued me AND, I actually knew the cardmaker. How often does that happen? So, I did my best to CASE it. I had a couple other prototypes that I asked advice on from Seongsook's Stampers. This was the final product. I also, with my Geli-plate and acrylic paints, did my best to make matching envelopes. Pretty spot-on, right?!
 
The sentiment is from a Stampin' Up set called "Perfect Pennants". The paper pieces are from a 6" x 6" paper pad by DCWV called "the Birthday Wishes stack" from 2012. Both I've had for ions. I absolutely love cards with birthday candles on them. They just make me smile. SOOO, party on peeps...
 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

My Five for February...

 I finished these a week or so ago but then left immediately to North Carolina for a family wedding. A pretty simple card but striking. It looks so much more elegant in person...
 
Using the second to largest of the Penny Black Antique Frame dies (shown above), I centered and cut a piece out of my 110# card stock to use as a template. Placing that with repositionable tape on my card base, I used Distress Oxides to blend a background.
 
Once blended and template removed, I used my MISTI to add the sentiment. The cardinals were die-cut using an Impression Obsession die. And the trees from the Tim Holtz Woodlands die set (shown above). A nice composition in the end and keeps me ON TARGET for my challenge of five Christmas cards a month... yay me!!
 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Scrap Paper Goodness...


 Back in the days before I knew about Pinterest, I would put pics of cards in a folder on my computer called "Card Ideas". I was doing some computer clean up the other day and thought, "Let's make one of these." The original card is shown below and was done by a fellow crafter named Pam Tetreault who made cards for Operation Write Home, just like I did...
 

 
The card on the right, is her original card. I THINK the year she did this was 2014. At least, that's the year I added it to my folder. Since I have NONE of the measurements, I had to do some "figuring"., which for me, takes FOREVER! Instead of the buttons she used, I used some flowers from the "Stitched Flower" set by My Favorite Things.
 
I'm pretty pleased with the result and if anyone knows Pam, have her come and take a look. I'd love her to know that she STILL inspires me... :)
 


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

More cards from the Crafty Weekend - It's all About the Girls...

 More coloring from the crafty weekend that turned into cards... YAY ME!!
 
 I was SOOOO pleased with my Copic coloring on these ladies. Unity Angie Girls called "Shine Bright". My first purchase but NOT my first time coloring an Angie girl. The sentiment is one we received last year at Junkie Fest, made by Heffy Doodle. I added Glossy Accents to the rim and tassel of their hats and confetti sequins around the sentiment. I made color matching envelopes with acrylic paints on my Gelli-plate, which are almost visible in the lower right corner of the above picture...
 
Deb taught us again (first learned at a Cozy Crop in 2016, I think) how to make a background on a cereal box. We used ripped up paper, sewing patterns, stamps, acrylic paints and stencils with modeling paste. Wicked fun result!!  I've had these Dyan Reaveley images for quite awhile but another one makes it on a card. Four more backgrounds were made as seen in first photo but it'll take awhile before they become cards. I'm a putz that way. The sentiment is borrowed, I think it's a My Favorite Things die...
 
So, adding these five to the previous seven... I've got twelve completed cards. Am I cooking with gas, or what?!!
 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Let's Get this Party Started... HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

 I had some crafty peeps over for last weekend, January 4 - 7. There were four of us. I did a lot of coloring while they were here because I can't focus on anything else when others are doing something different than I am... can you say "Squirrel!"?? So, assemblage happened after they all went home. These cards will count towards my personal challenge to make five Christmas cards a month. There's seven... YAY!!
 
 A Laurel Burch image that I colored with Copics. I added Glossy Accents to the circles on the cat and dog AND their eyes. I also put Wink of Stella on the leaves of the holly. The whole piece is popped up on fun foam and Pretty Pink Posh sequins were added to the bottom right corner. I LOVE this!!!
 
 Of course, since they were here for four days we HAD to take a trip to Michaels. One of the gals purchased a few rolls of wrapping paper and then challenged us to make it into cards Here's mine...
 
A fox!!! I wonder who THAT should go to!!
 
A brand New Year. A brand new set of goals to accomplish. Just one request... SLOW DOWN TIME PLEASE!!! There will be more blog posts with all the coloring I did, as I turn them into cards. Stay tuned for more inspiration and... HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
 


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Playing catch-up with Christmas Cards...

I first made this card at Cheiron's Holiday Extravaganza  in 2016. I purchased the die and stamp set from Concord and 9th shortly after. I used a wood grain background stamp on craft and popped the center panel with foam board. The berries, I used Simply White Nuvo drops. These five make up for ONE of the four months that I missed making my "Five Christmas Cards a Month" challenge. Proof to me that it's been a MUCH too busy year...